Restaurant Review: Terri

64 West 23rd Street
(between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue)
Chelsea, Manhattan

Vegiboys Rating (3/4)

With Blossom Du Jour’s grand opening postponed, we were seeking some quick eats in the Chelsea area, and came across Terri on 23rd Street. A second entrance for the store leads to the New York Health & Racquet Club lobby, but the place has its own identity and doesn’t feel like a health-food counter store (though it does have some great post-workout chow). This unassuming vegan sandwich shop also offers wraps, smoothies, salads, shakes and a variety of baked goods, all 100% vegan and Kosher.

The interior doesn’t have much seating, but Terri is primarily designed for take-away or delivery. The interior is pleasantly composed with deep purples and some foliage, but no windows to the street for seated patrons (again suggesting their client base with the to-go lunch crowd).

The staff are ultra-pleasant and helpful; at their suggestion, Brian went with the Bacon Cheddar Chicken Ranch sandwich, and my draw toward the Meatball Sub was reaffirmed. We also went with quinoa salad and roasted sweet potatoes for our sides, homemade ginger lemonades pulled from the fridge to drink, and a chocolate cupcake for dessert.

The ginger lemonade was strong on the ginger (not too much sweetness): very refreshing.

The sandwiches were satisfying. Not haute-cuisine, or even a surprising taste, instead they provided exactly what some vegetarians are seeking: a convincing vegi-version of their real-meat counterparts. The chicken sandwich included soy bacon, a Daiya cheddar, and a ranch sauce on a toasted sandwich roll. My meatball sub was simple: Daiya mozzarella and marinara sauce on a toasted sandwich roll.

We had two sides: the quinoa salad (they were out of this menu item in the front fridge, but the kitchen went out of their way to prepare me a very substantial portion of this delicious dish) and the roasted sweet potatoes (simple and well-cooked).

We finished things off with a tasty chocolate cupcake with a sweet buttercream frosting. It was a fine way to end the meal, though I think next time the apple cider donuts or the cheesecake might be at the top of my list for desserts to try.

At $16 each, Terri was a relative bargain. Despite being counter-service, the food was good, the portions filling, the atmosphere pleasant, and the service excellent.

Food (3/4)
Atmosphere & Service
Value (3/4)

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